Mon January 7, 2013
Buffalo's teachers union says there are flaws in school security
The leader of the Buffalo's teachers union says there are some flaws in school security at some public schools in the city. Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore has learned that some classroom doors don't lock.
"Many of our doors to the classrooms and offices don't lock from the inside. We're also finding out that too often, some of the doors on the outside don't lock properly," said Rumore .
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and last week's Facebook threat made by a teen to Bennett High School in Buffalo, Rumore wants to make sure that all areas of safety are covered at city schools to protect students and teachers.
"That whenever any student enters a school, adult enters the school that that is a place where they know they can be safe," Rumore said.
The union is also calling for safety drills to be held several times a year -- much like a fire drill.
"They should be two, three, four, five times a year," said Rumore "So it becomes almost automatic that an announcement is made."
Rumore said the union is also interested in exploring spot metal detector testing, placing the devices at the end of the school day when students don't know they will be required to walk through the detector at the end of the day.
"Spot checking might keep people from bringing them in the first place," said Rumore.
The union leader wants the district to set up a permanent committee on school safety